As the end of the year approaches, many people are looking forward to their year-end bonus. Yesterday, at an interpellation session at the Legislative Yuan, much attention was focused on how much year-end bonus would the eight government-invested banks give out this year. It is estimated that employees of these banks will receive an average of 3.2 months in year-end bonuses. However, Mega Bank, which registered the highest profitability this year despite being fined NT$5.7 billion by U.S financial authorities, is expected to pay out a year-end bonus of 5 months at least.
On Dec.14, the Minister of Finance Sheu Yu-jer was questioned about the eight government-invested banks' year-end bonus this year during an interpellation session at the Legislative Yuan. Sheu said that Mega Bank maintains the most profitable among the eight, even though it was fined NT$5.7 billion for violating New York state's anti-money laundering laws a few months ago. Mega Bank employees are expected to receive a year-end bonus of five months, less than that of last year's seven months.
==LU HSIU-YEN, KMT legislator vs. SHEU YU-JER, Minister of Finance==
Expect for Mega Bank, did the eight banks perform as well as they did in the past?
According to the information we have, the banks are doing quite well, compared with last year's performance.
Sheu also said that Chang Hwa Bank employees will get a year-end bonus of 4.3 moths to 5 months. Meanwhile, employees of Taiwan Cooperative Bank, First Bank and Hua Nan Bank will get a 4.6-month year-end bonus. Bank of Taiwan and Land Bank of Taiwan employees are expected to get a 3.2-month year-end bonus.
==LIN CHUNG-HSIANG, Mega Bank Labor Union spokesperson==
Besides the NT$5.7 billion fine, Mega Bank's profit suffered a slight decline because of various additional expenses. The union thinks that it is Mckinney Tsai and other top executives' deliberate lack of action that caused this. It has nothing to do with the banks' employees.
Mega Bank Labor Union said that Mega Bank should not cut its employees' year-end bonus because they are not responsible for the bank's being fined. Mega Bank said that since its gross profit has not been calculated, the year-end bonus given to employees is still unclear. The final decision will be made before the end of this month.
TRANSLATED BY：ARIEL HSIEH
==國民黨立委 盧秀燕 vs. 財政部長 許虞哲==
記者 王柏文 陳保羅 台北報導